THIS WEEK: The No. 8 Stanford men’s volleyball team (7-4, 4-4 MPSF) will head to Stockton, Calif., for an MPSF match at Pacific (2-9, 1-7 MPSF) on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. PT. It will be the Cardinal’s final trip to the Spanos Center as Pacific will not support a men’s volleyball program after this season.
CATCH THE CARDINAL: Live stats for the match can be found on the men’s volleyball schedule page on GoStanford.com. Fans can also get live updates via Twitter: @StanfordMVB.
SCOUTING PACIFIC: Pacific enters the week with a 2-9 overall record and a 1-7 mark in the MPSF. The Tigers are coming off a four-set win over UC San Diego, snapping a nine-match skid. Freshman Thomas Hodges leads the team with 3.19 kills, 1.42 digs and 1.39 blocks per set. Sophomore Christian Franceschi adds 2.25 kills and 1.15 digs per set, while junior middle blocker Tommy Carmody averages a team-best 1.58 blocks per set and is hitting .311.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Fans will have access to unique behind-the-scenes content on the team this season by liking Stanford Men’s Volleyball on Facebook or following the team on Twitter (@StanfordMVB) and Instagram (@therealstanfordmvb).
NATIONAL RECOGNITION: Stanford senior opposite Eric Mochalski has been tabbed the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Player of the Week. He averaged 3.60 kills, 2.40 digs and 1.00 blocks per set while hitting .448 in sweeps over UC San Diego and No. 9 UC Irvine. It marks the 13th time a Stanford player has received the honor, and the first since Brad Lawson during the 2012 campaign.
LAST WEEK: Stanford continued to roll, sweeping UC San Diego and No. 9 UC Irvine, to move to .500 in MPSF play (4-4). The Cardinal held the Tritons to a .100 attack percentage, a season-low by an opponent. Senior Brian Cook led the team with eight kills on a .571 attack percentage against UCSD. Senior Steven Irvin tallied a team-high 14 kills against the Anteaters on Saturday.
IN THE POLL: Stanford fell to No. 8 in the latest AVCA Division I-II Men’s Coaches Poll despite sweeping two MPSF matches last week. The Cardinal is one of 10 MPSF teams ranked in the top 15 with eight appearing in the top 10.
STATISTICAL RANKINGS: As a team, Stanford ranks among the top-10 in the nation in hitting percentage (.325 - 5th), kills per set (13.12 - 8th), digs per set (9.40 - 7th), aces per set (1.57 - 7th) and assists per set (12.24 - 10th). Individually, setter James Shaw is eighth nationally with 10.45 assists per set. Senior Steven Irvin comes in at No. 19 with 3.52 kills per set and 24th with a .320 hitting percentage, while redshirt junior Grant Delgado is 10th with 2.45 digs per set. Redshirt junior Daniel Tublin is 12th with 0.44 aces per set.
HEAD COACH JOHN KOSTY: Stanford head coach John Kosty is in his eighth season at the helm of the Cardinal program and his 24th overall on staff. He is 128-86 in his career and guided Stanford to the 2010 NCAA national championship. The Cardinal has produced a first team AVCA All-America selection in each of the past six seasons under Kosty.